6 August 2014 — The Bankstown Sports Club can now afford some more tartare sauce for its fisherman’s baskets thanks to a chiller upgrade financed by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Commonwealth Bank’s Energy Efficient Loan program.
The club’s energy costs are expected to decrease by 6.6 per cent by replacing two of its three water-cooled chillers with a new energy-efficient chiller and cooling tower that will use half the energy of the existing system, with carbon emissions cut by 700 tonnes a year.
“We’re financing community organisations so they can make changes now that will help them save on energy for years to come, so they can continue to provide cost-effective, state of the art facilities and services for their patrons,” CEFC chief executive Oliver Yates said.
Solar on the menu too
The club has also committed to installing an 85 kilowatt solar system on its Baulkham Hills Sports Club, which is estimated to generate 10 per cent of the site’s energy needs.
Club chief executive Mark Condi said the upgrades were part of the club’s commitment to the community and environment.
“This project is helping us save on our energy costs while showing our community that we place an importance on operating in the best interests of the environment,” he said.
“The Energy Efficient Loan is helping meet the upfront costs of this project and we’re hoping to have the new equipment installed and operating by the end of the year.”
Clubs a strong target for energy efficiency
The clubs sector is a strong target for energy efficiency, with reduction in overheads for not-for-profit clubs like Bankstown translating into more community services.
With 1400 clubs in NSW alone with a membership of 5.7 million, energy savings and associated carbon reductions could be huge if a widespread energy efficiency program was conducted.
According to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage EnergySaver Program, the clubs sector is a significant user of energy, with the sector in NSW estimated to consume around 2.5 million gigajoules of energy a year, with associated costs of about $70 million. Some of the larger clubs are currently spending over $1 million a year on energy bills.